Know When to Fight and Know When to Hold On 

1 Timothy 1:18-19 says, “Timothy, my son, I am giving you this command in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by recalling them you may fight the battle well, holding on to faith and a good conscience…” This verse gives us a great Biblical sieve to put conflict and disruptive relationships through.


It starts out with Paul saying to Timothy, “Listen to the prophecies about you.” I’m wondering for those who are reading this, what are the prophecies about you? What does the Holy Spirit whisper to you on a daily basis? What does the Holy Spirit say is your authority and how you should respond to certain activities in your life? What does the Evil One whisper to you that is against what God has spoken to you? All good questions. But when you come out of that, Paul simply says this; “Timothy, some things are worth fighting about. You’ve got to fight the good fight. You’re in a battle and some things you need to knuckle down and battle through.”  


But, in other things you need to hold onto your faith. When you feel overwhelmed and you feel like you can’t take any more and you feel like there’s too many loose ends and too much strife and anger; Paul says, “Timothy, just hold on. Just hold on.” Finally, he says, “Whatever you do, whether you fight or hold on, make sure you keep a good conscience.” Don’t do things in your own interest. Don’t do things that will accomplish the results that you think are important. Make sure that when you get through fighting and you get through holding on that you have a good conscience. You’ve done what the Father has told you to do.